Civil Society Organizations today pledged their full support to the Independent Electoral National Commission, INEC, in ensuring the Continuous Voters Registration, CVR, goes smoothly.
Executive Director Samson Itodo, of Youth Initiative For Advocacy Growth and Advancement, YIAGA, made this pledge during the flag off the CVR held at the INEC office of the Abuja Municipal Area Council.
Mr. Itodo said CSOs have deployed observers across Local Government Areas in the country to observe the CVR process. He stated that CSOs will report all findings to the election management body.
“We pledge our support as Civil Society to this Commission, not just in the area of voter mobilization and sensitization, but even in the field. Civil Society has deployed massively for this exercise and we will be observing the process in various LGAs across the country. We pledge to share the findings of our observation with the commission in a bid to strengthen electoral policy and formation and implementation,” he said.
He noted the need to bring the registration centers very close to people, urging the commission to adopt the method utilized during the PVC distribution, where the exercise was conducted at INEC’s AMAC office. This, he said, will encourage registrants and those who are yet to collect their PVC to do so.
Mr. Itodo further urged citizens to seize this opportunity and get on the voter’s register, stating that the only way Nigerians voices can be heard is they get registered and vote the right people into office.
While encouraging citizens to get on the voter’s register and collect their PVCs, he stated that the onus was on the Electoral Commission to ensure that everything is done to make the process simplified.
“One of the challenges I have always pointed out is the logistical challenge citizens face while trying to register. It is either the machines are faulty or inhumane manner. We have confidence that this commission has taken steps to ensure that this process is hitch-free and successful,” he said.
The CVR process is taking place in the 36 states across the country, and the Federal Capital Territory.